DTA scientist Paul Garnham set sail on HMNZS Otago yesterday from Dunedin bound for Campbell Island. The primary focus of the trip for DTA will be the deployment of a moored wave measuring buoy 22 nautical miles south of Campbell Island. This will be the furthest south a moored wave buoy has ever been deployed. The aim is to collect data to improve wave forecasts for this area where the NZDF routinely operate. In addition 5 free floating buoys will also be deployed to transmit data on wave heights short term.
The deployment is part of a collaborative partnership between DTA, MetOcean Solutions, SCRIPPS Institution of Oceanography and the Office of Naval Research. MetOcean Solution’s Managing Director Dr Peter McComb is with Paul and will be leading the logistics of getting the 800 kg buoy and mooring safely into the sea.
The cruise is part of the annual OP ENDURANCE RNZN support to the Department of Conservation and MetService for their operations on New Zealand’s sub-Antarctic Islands.